Book Reviews

Bittersweet Homecoming; Surviving the Black–Book 3 of a Post-Apocalyptical Series – Zack Finley

Bittersweet Homecoming” is not a standalone novel. It is book three in a five book series. I’ve included some backstory in this book aimed at readers who read “Breckinridge Valley” and “To the Rescue” months ago. I hope it is sufficient to help those wanting to resolve “Where is Andy?” to ease back into the series. – author

Thank you for this note! I haven’t read any of the others so I’ll probably treat it as a standalone novel but won’t down-rate it for lacking character development as there are other books in the series to cater for that.


Bittersweet Homecoming” (Surviving the Black–Book 3) is a post-apocalyptic survival thriller set in today’s America. It thrusts the reader into the lives of a team of warriors attempting a daring rescue mission across a dystopian America still reeling from the complete collapse of society.

The Surviving the Black series presents one version of a possible future. One where America suffers a catastrophic failure of its electrical grid that triggers the cascading collapse of the national supply chain. It exposes the dangers of industrialized farming, centralized production hubs, and just-in-time distribution when the power goes down.
This series features well-researched survival tips against the backdrop of rural America.
Caution: This is the third in a series expected to contain a total of five books. It relies heavily on story elements introduced in the first two novels. Mature themes, not suitable for persons under 18.

The author continues to describe the world changed by the loss of much of civilization. This book still follows the same point of view as the previous books but they are out of the valley for almost the whole book. Some of the descriptions read like a catalog for a travel brochure because you can see the scenes so vividly. You are also immersed into the team and teamwork required to move around and make a distant rescue. Trying to avoid spoilers so just prepare to be surprised and sucked in to this author’s well described world and amazing story.

What I did like was the logical reasoning behind each decision and the solid thinking that the soldiers expressed. I found myself immersed in the amazing dialogue and the strong action-packed scenes.

“So, you really don’t want to stop at Fort Campbell?” I asked.

“No, generals in charge of U.S. posts are great bureaucrats with good political skills. They just aren’t very entrepreneurial, they follow procedures. Even if they are brilliant and do everything perfectly, I fear their commands are still doomed. A small independent command would do well with good leadership, but large military facilities are like cities. There won’t be any by year end,” Grady said. “If we are lucky, good commanders will send troops and their families out to live in and protect communities who can feed them.”

The emotions and actions are realistic and believable. The courage and fortitude of the characters holds my attention to the extent that I could not stop reading until I had completed the book

4/5